Mrs. Dorothy Carlton was hired by Cypress-Fairbanks ISD in 1957 as the first and only teacher for special education in the District. Mrs. Carlton was instrumental in the development of a comprehensive program for students with disabilities, serving as Supervisor and Director of Special Education for the District. Mrs. Carlton was a pioneer in the field of special education. Dorothy Carlton retired from the teaching profession and from Cypress-Fairbanks ISD in 1977. She was one of those rare individuals who brought a sparkle to everything she touched. Born and educated in Grapeland , Texas , she later attained degrees from Sam Houston State University and the University of Texas.